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Leroy Daniel Haines, Jr.

January 5, 1925 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


LeRoy Daniel Haines, Jr., 92, passed away on September 11, 2017 with his son, David, by his side, after a brief battle with cancer. Dan, as he was known by friends, family and business associates, is survived by his son David (wife Elizabeth Anstine), granddaughter Allison Knutson (husband Travis), and great grandchildren Kaelin, age 6, and Kolton, age 4. He was predeceased by his loving wife. Dorothy Croasdell Haines.

Dan was born in Jacksonville on January 5, 1925 and grew up in the Panama Park and Panama Terrace areas of Jacksonville with his...

LeRoy Daniel Haines, Jr., 92, passed away on September 11, 2017 with his son, David, by his side, after a brief battle with cancer. Dan, as he was known by friends, family and business associates, is survived by his son David (wife Elizabeth Anstine), granddaughter Allison Knutson (husband Travis), and great grandchildren Kaelin, age 6, and Kolton, age 4. He was predeceased by his loving wife. Dorothy Croasdell Haines.

Dan was born in Jacksonville on January 5, 1925 and grew up in the Panama Park and Panama Terrace areas of Jacksonville with his mom and dad, LeRoy Daniel, Sr. and Etta Louise Argo. He attended Kirby Smith Junior High School and Andrew Jackson High School, where he met his future wife, Dorothy Mae Croasdell. He was a civil engineering student for one semester at the University of Florida prior to being drafted into the Army on February 25, 1943.

Dan served with the U S Army 450th Regiment, 102nd Infrantry Divison fighting in France and Germany during World War II. Danny, as he was called by his army buddies, fought against the 9th Panzer Divison that spearheaded the Battle of the Bulge and was eventually was promoted to Staff Sergeant and squad leader. Dan distinguished himself in battle by being awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. He later received an Oak Leaf Cluster for his Silver Star for bravery and gallantry on a second occasion. Dan was wounded in action by mortar fire and received a Purple Heart.

After an extended stay in an Army hospital in London for his injuries he returned to the United States and married his high school sweetheart Dorothy (Dot) on July 22, 1945 here in Jacksonville. Dan, following additional treatment at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia was honorably discharged from the Army on September 18, 1945.

Dan worked for about 2 years at his father-in-law's (Roy Croasdell) firm, R. L. Croasdell Company, as a land surveyor. His son, David, was born in 1947. He returned to Gainesville with wife and son to complete his education at the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with High Honors in 1952.

Dan and family returned to Jacksonville and soon resided in the Arlington area. Dan became registered as a Professional Land Surveyor and Professional Engineer in 1951 and 1953 and soon became a partner in R.L. Croasdell Company. Dan was highly regarded by his professional peers and clients and played a key part in the development of Arlington, Mandarin, Southside, as well as other areas of Northeast Florida and development at Naval Station Mayport, N.A.S. Jacksonville, N.A.S. Cecil Field, N.A.S. Key West and the Panama Canal Zone for the U. S. Navy and U. S. Army.

Dan and wife were founding members of St. Lukes Episcopal Church on University Blvd. and later members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Lone Star Road.

Dan was a founding member and past president of Selva Marina Country Club (now Atlantic Beach Country Club) and was a member and avid golfer until 3 weeks prior to his passing. In the late 60's through the 80's Dot and Dan moved from their river front home in Arlington to Keystone Heights and resided on Silver Sands Lake. Dan was a member and past president of Keystone Heights Country Club and eventually designed the second nine holes of the golf course.

After a decline in his wife's health, Dan and Dot moved back to Atlantic Beach, near Selva Marina County Club, residing in Selva Linkside Subdivision (of his own design). After moving to the beaches they were members of St. Pauls by the Sea, Episcopal Church.

Dan was an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman, boater, Gator fan, of course, foremost an avid golfer with many friends in Jacksonville, Keystone Heights and Atlantic Beach. He and his wife entertained at their homes frequently in their earlier years.

Services will be held Tuesday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at Hardage-Giddens Beaches Chapel, 1701 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach with Father Rich Roos, Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra, presiding. Following the Service a reception will be held at Hardage-Giddens. A brief military service will be held at 2:00 p.m. later that day at Jacksonville National Cemetery.